Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Fudgey Chocolate Brownies

The first time I tried these brownies was when my friend baked them for me for my 20th birthday and I was in love. They were possibly the best fudgiest brownies I've tried and trust me, I've tried A LOT. The one common mistake I make when baking brownies is keeping them in the oven too long which ends up in a more cakey texture rather than a soft gooey brownie - yummy nonetheless but not quite a brownie. So, keep your bakes in the middle shelf of the oven whilst baking and try not to over bake them - they should still be soft in the middle when taken out the oven.

Baked and drizzled with White Chocolate
Ingredients
  • 200g Dark Chocolate Bournville
  • 100g Milk Chocolate Dairymilk 
  • 220g Dark Muscavado Sugar
  • 4 Large Eggs
  • 135g Plain Flour
  • 40g Cocoa Powder
  • 250g Butter
Method
  1. Pre heat oven to gas 4/160℃. Place the butter in a saucepan and melt on low heat.  Add in the muscavado sugar and stir until dissolved.
  2. Take the saucepan off the heat and add in your chocolate chunks stirring continuously until it's all melted.
  3. Once the chocolate is melted, let the mixture cool for a couple minutes and then whisk in the eggs one at a time.
  4. Sieve the cocoa powder and plain flour into the chocolate mixture, stir and pour the mixture into a baking tin. 
  5. Bake for 25 minutes for a soft fudgey texture or bake for 30 minutes for a firmer texture. 
  6. Once the brownies are cool, drizzle with white chocolate and enjoy!
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Friday, 8 June 2018

Pistachio Bakewell Tart

Having had a slice of the Pistachio and Raspberry Bakwell Tart at Cona restaurant in Bradford, I knew I had to give it a go at home. Being quite sceptical if it would turn out the same, I was pleasantly suprised! The flavours were identical and the only difference was at Cona, the base of the tart was thinner (I cheated and bought a ready made tart case for this recipe but I'll include the recipe for it below) and it was served with rhubarb ice cream. 

Pistachio & Raspberry Bakwell Tart


Tart Base
  • 450g plain flour
  • 220g butter
  • 160g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs 
Pistachio Frangipane
  • 150g butter
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 4 eggs 
  • 100g pistachio paste/spread (M&S do a good quality spread)
  • 150g ground almonds
  • 30g plain flour
  • 1 tsp almond extract

Method

  1. Pre heat oven to gas mark 4/180℃ 
  2. For the base, mix together the flour, butter and sugar until it resembles fine bread crumbs. Then add in the eggs. Once the dough has come together, wrap in clingfilm and refrigerate until ready to use. Remove the dough an hour before use. 
  3. Roll dough out to the thickness of a pound coin, prick with a fork and place in the tart tin and blind bake for 8-10 mins. 
  4. For the frangipane, beat together the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy, add the eggs, pistachio paste, ground almonds and almond extract. 
  5. Once the tart base has partially cooked, spread 3 tbsp of raspberry jam on the base and add the frangipane mixture on top. Bake in the oven for 8 minutes at gas mark 3. 
  6. Once the frangipane is partially cooked, press in a couple raspberries into the mixture and bake for a further 15 minutes until slightly golden. Cool and serve with fresh raspberries and ice cream.
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